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Jen Bryant

According to Jen Bryant, the most important skills an author can have are patience, perseverance, a love of language, good observational skills, and self-discipline. This is reflected in what and how she writes. Jen Bryant’s many published books cover a wide variety of topics, both fiction and nonfiction, including poetry books and over a dozen biographies. She likes to find a subject that has been written about for adults and try to make that subject into something younger audiences would enjoy. In interviews Jen has said that she loves the researching process. It’s like a scavenger hunt to find the most interesting details about something true. When she researches a topic for one of her books, it is an extensive and exciting process that involves reading books and articles, watching movies, videos, and plays, giving interviews, and visiting museums, archives, special collections, and small towns where historic events occurred. Jen then takes all of this information and crafts beautiful, detailed, and personal picture books, biographies, and poems.  

We are thrilled to host Jen Bryant at BYU’s Symposium on Books for Young Readers. Before she comes, check out some of her books.

7.14 Six DotsSIX DOTS: A STORY OF YOUNG LOUIS BRAILLE
Written by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Boris Kulikov
(2016)

An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille--a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.

 

 

7.11.17 A River of WordsA RIVER OF WORDS: THE STORY OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
Written by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(2016)

This picture book biography of William Carlos Williams traces childhood events that lead him to become a doctor and a poet.

 

7.13 Pieces of GeorgiaPIECES OF GEORGIA
By Jen Bryant
(2007) 

An accessible novel in poems, Pieces of Georgia offers an endearing protagonist-an aspiring artist, a grieving daughter, a struggling student, a genuine friend-and the poignant story of a broken family coming together.

 

 

 

7.14 Ringside 1925RINGSIDE 1925: VIEWS FROM THE SCOPES TRIAL
By Jen Bryant
(2007) 

The year is 1925, and the students of Dayton, Tennessee, are ready for a summer of fishing, swimming, and drinking root beer floats at Robinson's Drugstore. But when their science teacher, J. T. Scopes, is arrested for having taught Darwin's theory of evolution, it seems it won't be an ordinary summer in Dayton.

 

 

7.14 A Splash of RedA SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN
By Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(2009) 

Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.

 

 

7.13 The Fortune of Carmen NavarroFORTUNE OF CARMEN NAVARRO
By Jen Bryant
(2011) 

Inspired by the novella and opera Carmen, Jen Bryant creates a strong-minded and alluring heroine in this contemporary tale of tragic love

 

 

 

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